Iraqi checkpoint attack kills 5 policemen

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  • The attack happened early Tuesday morning
  • Attackers threw grenades at a checkpoint
At least five Iraqi police officers were killed Tuesday morning when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the town of Rutba, near the Jordanian border, police officials told CNN.
Police said gunmen threw hand grenades at police while they were sleeping in the early morning hours.
One of the wounded policemen, who was critically wounded and later died, managed to shoot dead one of the attackers, police said.
Rutba, located in Anbar province, is about 236 miles (380 km) west of Baghdad.